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10th Nov '16 11:42:00 AM Sar-Chasm
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** They decided that it would be a great idea if instead of metal wiring, most of the ships utterly vital systems are connected with gel packs, which are basically biological goo. Not only does it open up engineering weaknesses that no good old copper wire would face (such as one instance where it was poisoned by Neelix's [[LethalChef cooking]]) but also cannot be replicated or grown. Yes, they chose the one system that couldn't be made on the fly with their replicators. They also have have other engineering slip ups like have no emergency lights and ''manual'' door overrides that don't work if it doesn't have ''power.''

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** They decided that it would be a great idea if instead of metal wiring, most of the ships ship's utterly vital systems are connected with gel packs, which are basically biological goo. Not only does it open up engineering weaknesses that no good old copper wire would face (such as one instance where it was poisoned by Neelix's [[LethalChef cooking]]) but also cannot be replicated or grown. Yes, they chose the one system that couldn't be made on the fly with their replicators. They also have have other engineering slip ups like have no emergency lights and ''manual'' door overrides that don't work if it doesn't have ''power.''
4th Nov '16 5:13:36 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Maybe this is excessive -[[SuspensionofDisbelief Suspension of Disbelief]] exists for some reason-, but if as according to EU sources the reactor of Imperial Star Destroyers generate the same energy as a small star, unless they had ''very'' good heat dissipation technologies (not just the exhaust vents the Death Star had) there'd be enough waste heat (something impossible to avoid because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics) to vaporize them -The Death Star's hypermatter reactor, far more powerful, has those same problems UpToEleven-.

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** Maybe this is excessive -[[SuspensionofDisbelief Suspension of Disbelief]] --SuspensionOfDisbelief exists for some reason-, reason-- but if as according to EU sources the reactor of Imperial Star Destroyers generate the same energy as a small star, unless they had ''very'' good heat dissipation technologies (not just the exhaust vents the Death Star had) there'd be enough waste heat (something heat[[note]]Something impossible to avoid because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics) Thermodynamics[[/note]] to vaporize them -The them. The Death Star's hypermatter reactor, far more powerful, has those same problems UpToEleven-.
UpToEleven.
4th Nov '16 5:40:09 AM StarTropes
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** Lets not forget the original ''Enterprise'''s pencil-neck, which by all means would snap off whenever it did anything resembling a turn. Later ship designs downplay the length and thicken the "neck" section, generally making it slightly more believable, even if it was still a rather unsound design.

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** Lets not forget the original ''Enterprise'''s pencil-neck, which by all means would snap off whenever it did anything resembling a turn. Later ship designs downplay the length and thicken the "neck" section, generally making it slightly more believable, even if it was still a rather unsound design. This particular weakness gets graphically demonstrated in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' when [[spoiler:[[BigBad Krall's]] [[ZergRush swarm attack]] slices off both warp nacelles, preventing the ''Enterprise'' from pulling a HyperspeedEscape, before cutting through the neck and leaving both the saucer and drive sections helpless]].
13th Oct '16 6:13:36 PM Octorok103
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Remnant's communications network depends on four central relay towers, one in each kingdom. If any of the towers goes down, it takes the entire network with it. As Professor Ozpin points out in the relevant "World of Remnant" video, it makes for a powerful metaphor about cooperation being necessary for humanity's survival. However, in real life, no self-respecting engineer would design such a crucial piece of infrastructure without including any redundancy as a safety measure, especially given the likelihood that whatever brought down the tower in the first place is probably the kind of threat that requires extensive real-time coordination between the kingdoms.
14th Aug '16 8:00:30 PM PaulA
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* Averted in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''; all the engineering is realistic, and the 5-space theory expounded in ''Komarr'' sounds plausible.

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* Averted in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''; all the engineering is realistic, and the 5-space theory expounded in ''Komarr'' ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'' sounds plausible.
2nd Aug '16 2:15:12 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Scorpion tank of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has what is probably the single ''stupidest'' tank design in all of fictional history. The Scorpion is apparently a "light tank" with a 90mm cannon the same size as the '''''[[MilitaryMashupMachine Panzerkampfwagen VII Maus]]'''''. Here's a scale comparison between the [[http://oi58.tinypic.com/1r6jyx.jpg Scorpion, aforementioned Maus, and the sanely designed M1 Abrams]] (Which is itself is criticized by some as excessively large). Note that both the Maus and Abrams are armed with ''much'' larger guns than the Scorpion, (128 and 120mm respectively). The Scorpion also features the most idiotic decision of all, ''to put the cockpit on top the tank with giant windows''. Just top top it all of, said glaringly vulnerable cockpit is inside a shot trap when the cannon is facing forwards, so any shot that doesn't damage the equally vulnerable gun mechanisms, will promptly fly into the cockpit, killing the pilot.

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* The M808 Scorpion tank of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has what is probably the single ''stupidest'' tank design in all of fictional history. The Scorpion is apparently a "light tank" with a 90mm cannon the same size as the '''''[[MilitaryMashupMachine Panzerkampfwagen VII Maus]]'''''. Here's a scale comparison between the [[http://oi58.tinypic.com/1r6jyx.jpg Scorpion, aforementioned Maus, and the sanely designed M1 Abrams]] (Which is itself is criticized by some as excessively large). Note that both the Maus and Abrams are armed with ''much'' larger guns than the Scorpion, (128 and 120mm respectively). The Scorpion also features the most idiotic decision of all, ''to put the cockpit on top the tank with giant windows''. Just top to top it all of, said glaringly vulnerable cockpit is inside a shot trap when the cannon is facing forwards, so any shot that doesn't damage the equally vulnerable gun mechanisms, will promptly fly into the cockpit, killing the pilot.pilot. Its M820 successor, introduced in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', has a slightly more sound design (and a much higher-caliber cannon), but its cockpit hatch is still fairly exposed to enemy fire.
1st Jul '16 7:03:29 PM nombretomado
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** ''TwentiethCenturyBoys'' features an engineer who gets kidnapped to build one and rants at his kidnappers about just how undoable it really is. Eventually, it does get built, [[spoiler: but it's a barely-functional one just for show so that the BigBad can steal credit from the hero for saving the world from it.]]

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** ''TwentiethCenturyBoys'' ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' features an engineer who gets kidnapped to build one and rants at his kidnappers about just how undoable it really is. Eventually, it does get built, [[spoiler: but it's a barely-functional one just for show so that the BigBad can steal credit from the hero for saving the world from it.]]
29th Apr '16 3:49:35 PM emillang1000
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* While ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' narrowly averts this, it still gets caught in [[ArtisticLicensePhysics bad physics]] and [[ArtisticLicenseBiology impossible anatomy]]. The Evangelion mechas are actually [[spoiler: giant humanoid gods/aliens cloned from a giant alien that is linked to the creation of man. They were also placed in armor so tight and confining that they couldn't move without being piloted.]] However, the SquareCubeLaw would still keep the Evangelions from moving fast at all. Also, the midsections of the Evangelions are very thin, being even more narrow than their heads. So, they shouldn't even be able to stand, let alone move around.

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* While ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' narrowly averts this, it still gets caught in [[ArtisticLicensePhysics bad physics]] and [[ArtisticLicenseBiology impossible anatomy]]. The Evangelion mechas are actually [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination giant humanoid gods/aliens cloned from a giant alien that is linked to the creation of man.man]]. They were also placed in armor so tight and confining that they couldn't move without being piloted.]] However, the SquareCubeLaw would still keep the Evangelions from moving fast at all. Also, the midsections of the Evangelions are very thin, being even more narrow than their heads. So, they shouldn't even be able to stand, let alone move around.
9th Mar '16 4:47:10 PM DarthWalrus
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** lets not forget the original ''Enterprise'''s pencil-neck, which by all means would snap off whenever it did anything resembling a turn.

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** lets Lets not forget the original ''Enterprise'''s pencil-neck, which by all means would snap off whenever it did anything resembling a turn.turn. Later ship designs downplay the length and thicken the "neck" section, generally making it slightly more believable, even if it was still a rather unsound design.
9th Mar '16 4:46:27 PM DarthWalrus
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** lets not forget the original ''Enterprise'''s pencil-neck, which by all means would snap off whenever it did anything resembling a turn.
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